Senna reigns in waterlogged Silverstone

Brazilian wins chaotic race two.

Bruno  Senna  controlled  the  elements  and  his  rivals  to  record  a  dominant  second  win  of  the season  on  a  soaking  wet  Silverstone  circuit  this  morning,  taking  the  top  spot  on  the  podium ahead of Lucas di Grassi and Giorgio Pantano.

The  Brazilian  reigned  supreme  in  a  race  which  saw  most  of  the  field  succumb  to  the  extreme conditions in some form: a strong start and pressure on polesitter Luca Filippi handed Senna the lead one the first lap and he never looked back, building and then maintaining a solid lead to take the chequered flag by 8.5 seconds over his countryman.

The  first  few  laps  were  chaotic,  with  Zuber  bogging  down  from  the  front  row  at  the  start  and bunching  up  the  field  causing  problems  further  back:  Senna,  di  Grassi  and  Pantano  were effectively  the  only  drivers  to  not  run  off  the  soaked  circuit,  pushing  most  of  the  regular  point scorers into unfamiliar positions and forcing them to challenge drivers who they do not normally fight with in the dry.

Rain  reappeared  heavily  halfway  through  the  race,  causing  misery  for  much  of  the  field  but  an amazing spectacle for the spectators: while Senna pulled away Grosjean was slicing through the field after stopping for a new front wing, with Vitaly Petrov and Andy Soucek running almost side by side for lap after lap, and Kamui Kobayashi also showing strong speed to try and make up for his disappointment from race one.

The race result wasn't clear until the chequered flag dropped: while Senna was clearly ahead of di Grassi at the end, Pantano pushed hard over the closing laps to put himself on the Brazilian's tail at the end of the race after watching his mirrors throughout the race and seeing them full of Mike Conway's car; the Briton just failed to get onto the podium at his home circuit while behind him Petrov won the battle over Soucek when the latter fell off track in the fight for fifth.

The last place should have gone to Kobayashi only for Adrian Valles to spin unavoidably in front of him on the final lap, handing sixth to series returnee Davide Valsecchi.

The second podium in a row meant that Pantano has stretched his lead out to 50 points, ahead of Senna on 39 and Sébastien Buemi, who spun on the installation lap and therefore did not race, on 25 points, which is one ahead of di Grassi and a further point ahead of Grosjean as the field looks towards Hockenheim for the next round of the series.